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Gleaner Baldwin Combine

Pictured here is the cover for the owners manual for the 1930 Gleaner Baldwin Combine. Many Model A enthusiasts are not aware that the Model A engine was used in the production of new Gleaner Baldwin combines.

The Gleaner Baldwin Model A was built from 1930 to 1935. The earlier 1929 Gleaner Baldwin combines were offered with Continental W4, W5, and W9 four cylinder engines.

Later Gleaner Models NA and NR were also offered with Model A engines until 1938. Models E-F-9H-9J were offered from 1939-1943.

The Model A engine was mounted in a nice frame structure with a 1928 style radiator shell and coupled to a Twin-Discs Power Take-Off unit.

These power units are sought after for rebuilding since they usually result in a nice stock bore engine with no damage. This is due to the fact that these combines were only used for short periods each year, and were used under generally consistent conditions and not abused like car and truck engines were.

Pictured above is an original chassis data plate. It is about the size of a regular car license plate.

Shown here is a close up of the serial number plate riveted to the data plate.

Pictured above is a close-up of an original Gleaner engine serial number as numbered by Gleaner, not Ford. I have looked at about 25 Gleaner power units over the years and have seen a couple of blocks numbered in this manner.

Most blocks were unnumbered, and some have Model A serial numbers from the sequence after the end of car production.

The pictures above and below show the typical power unit. It is mounted in a nice fabricated frame with integral radiator mounting.

The Gleaner used several unique parts including a special radiator (with stock radiator shell), fan shroud, riveted fan assembly on a cast iron hub, Kingston Model Z carburetor, straight out exhaust manifold, timing gear driven governor, and Twin Discs Power Take Off with hand clutch.

Shown above is the typical engine diagram shown in the late 1930's Gleaner parts books.


More related information on Ford Garage:

  1. Model A 1936-1938 Gleaner Baldwin Model NR Combine
  2. Model A 1930 Ford Industrial Engine Brochure
  3. Model A & B 'Diamond' Block and Date Code Engine Markings

May 2005